It’s a question that comes up frequently in my work with hospitals, as the staff member is a patient and the person who needs to go to the bathroom is usually the patient’s family member or loved one.
In fact, I was the one who asked this question at my hospital, where the staff person was an OB-GYN.
I explained to her that, despite the fact that it’s not the patient who needs the toilet, it’s a good idea to get up and pee in the bathroom.
I explained that we were not going to get sick and that we had to keep our family together while we waited for the ER to arrive.
The staff member seemed confused by this question.
She didn’t understand that she would need to pee and would not get sick.
After she finished explaining this to me, I explained to the nurse that the ER staff was already at the door when the patient came in.
She said, “Well, I’m sorry to tell you, but you can’t get out of the way.
You’re going to have to get in the restroom and wait for the patient to come in.”
The nurse continued, “I know that you’re the one with the responsibility to take care of the patient.
I know that your job is to make sure that they’re safe and sound.”
My question was a simple one.
But I was wrong.
It’s not just the patient that needs to take a break, it is also their family member.
As a nurse, I often have to take on extra responsibility when it comes to the safety and well-being of patients.
I also know that my job is not to help the patient with their medical needs, but rather to make the patients care for me as my primary care physician.
When the ER nurse told me that the patient would have to go back to the hallway and wait, I immediately thought about the nurse who asked me to get out the door.
What if that nurse came back later to the patient and said, what the heck?
The ER nurse has to be careful that the person she is caring for isn’t going to hurt them.
I thought about what it would mean to leave a patient with a broken leg or a broken pelvis.
I wanted to make that person feel like I would be a good and responsible provider.
I didn’t want to be a walking health-care statistic.
So I put my trust in my colleagues and put myself in the position of being a good nurse, to make them feel good and safe.
It was a moment that I will never forget.
During a hospital stay, I saw that the staff members at my facility were in pain and that they were struggling to keep up.
It seemed that my fellow staff members were just waiting for me to come back to take their turn.
I could feel their pain and knew that they needed to take responsibility for their care.
But when I looked into my eyes, I realized that I was in the hospital because of the staff’s needs.
It is not the patients who need the toilet and I do not want the patients to be in pain.
Instead of giving up and going back to bed, I chose to make myself the caretaker of the patients and made sure that their care was as good as possible.
I went to work every day and stayed up late with my team to make my hospital stay a pleasant one.
I have since learned that my colleagues are also responsible for their own well-ness and health, and that when they do not have a bowel movement, they need to take action.
They have to stay hydrated and take care to stay in good shape, to be on the same page with the rest of the team, and to listen to their patients.